Category Archives: Home-Based Business

“Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.” –St. Francis de Sales

I’ve heard 100% of my customers apologize for the condition of the space that needs to be decluttered or organized, and 100% of the time, I have responded, “There’s no need to apologize.”

Each one had the courage to acknowledge imperfection when they took the step in the right direction to contact me for help.  Most of the time, a customer has an organizational system that just needs tweaking. Sometimes dramatic life situations have caused complete chaos and we work together to create a new system. Organizing is a process. It doesn’t happen in one day. You must have the mindset to get organized and the will power to continue the process even when things get out of control.

All of us need reassurance sometimes that none of us are perfect.

Never say sorry

At the end of the day, what does a cleared off desk mean?

I remember a past supervisor commenting that my desk was always neat and clean at the end of the day.  She meant this in a positive way. I was very proud that my desk was always neat and cleared off at the end of the day and ready to begin work the next morning.  But just what did my cleared desk mean in terms of my being productive and managing paperwork?  Were the tasks I had put on my “To Do List” completed?  Were there any mismanaged papers?  Were my supervisor’s priorities met?

Having a cleared, neat desk does not mean being organized!  However, the answer to the questions above is “Yes!”  – I was very  organized and finished my daily tasks efficiently – most of the time.  I had a process that worked for me in terms of getting paper from the ‘In Box’ to where it belonged and prioritizing tasks from ‘To Do’ to ‘To Done.’

Most of us have a process to manage our daily work routine, however, when things get out of focus, we can use a little help and learn new techniques to get us back on track.

A new technique for you may be as simple as discarding more of the paper that crosses your desk – (a shredder can be your friend).

Or you may need to set up a tickler file (a tickler file organizer allows time-sensitive documents to be filed according to the future date on which each document needs action).

Or, you may need a full-scale reorganization!

You’re not alone.  I’ve had to reorganize more than once in my lifetime.

 

 

Easy Bill Paying 1-2-3

After you’ve created a household budget, it’s time to pay the bills.  I hear the groans but it’s a necessary process of living.

Some of us utilize technology to pay our bills online. However, if you’re more comfortable and still prefer the paper system, following these three easy steps to avoid late fees, credit problems and stress will help you pay your creditors on time:

 1.  Find a location in your home to set up a bill paying station.

2.  Pay your bills regularly by setting up a system.

3.  File the statements, receipts or confirmation of payments.

 

Contact me to help you set up a simple process for bill paying, keeping you credit worthy and your creditors happy.

Knowing When You Need a Professional Organizer

I agree with Peter Walsh, Professional Organizer and Clutter Expert, Author and TV Personality who appears on the OWN Network. To me, whether you’re decluttering your space, your schedule or priorities, you’re renewing your lifestyle to be able to do the things that are important to you. 

 

 

 

Time to contact a professional organizer to help you when…

 

You’re experiencing a meltdown because you can’t function on a daily basis because of a particular situation in your life, such as:

  • You’re missing important appointments such as medical appointments or a meeting with your child’s teacher due to overload in your daily schedule.
  • You’re losing money because your financial records (bank statements, tax records, investment records, bill paying) are not current or not being taken care of.
  • Your search for files on your computer takes too long.
  • You’re embarrassed to entertain in your home because of clutter.
  • Pots and pans fall out of your kitchen cabinet every time you open the door.
  • You have three year old cosmetics in your bathroom.
  • Your garage looks like a tornado blew the entire neighborhood’s belongings into it.

A professional organizer can help you manage the complexity of your life. A solution may be as simple as showing you how to prioritize your daily schedule.

Contact me if you need organizational help, or perhaps someone you know needs my help, then have them to contact me. 

Your lifestyle, renewed.

Do You Celebrate National Organize Your Home Office Day?

By now, you realize that our calendars are full of national holidays, along with some pretty unconventional designated days of recognition.  Well, the second Tuesday in March has been designated as National Organize Your Home Office Day!  So my blog today is in honor of this day. 

I have been working with a married couple for almost a year. Their goal is to declutter their entire home.  Most people think that professional organizers come into their homes and want them to buy a lot of organizing products. As with any project, no matter what your income, you will set a budget for us to work within. You pick and choose where to splurge and where to save.

The wife had clothing in every closet in their home, including the space she utilized as a home office and  a professional  work from home office.  As you can see in the before after photos below,  the clothing was removed from the office closet and it became an Office Supply Closet. However, we used small bookshelves the client already owned to place her office supplies.  She was able to save by not purchasing additional shelving at this point, and  she used money from the budget in other areas she felt were more important. The doors to the closet are closed most of the time anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re fortunate enough to have a high budget home office, or if you’re like me and have a small budget home office, your goal should be to have it organized so that it will be functional for you. Squidoo.com has a collection of articles to read and videos to view on National Organize Your Home Office Day and How to Organize Your Home Office.

Well, do you celebrate National Organize Your Home Office Day? Send me your comments.

Do you need your home office organized. If so, contact me

Happy National Organize Your Home Office Day!